5.15 The Long Goodbye Job
I wasn’t ready for this really. We got like five days warning that the series is ending. *sob* At least we got closure right?
I thought this was a fitting sendoff for the crew we’ve loved for five years. Nate and Sophie are finally engaged, and the kids continue their fight against corrupt, rich people. Plus, the throwback to the pilot were excellent additions - it really felt like we were closing the book of a great story.
- Twenty pounds of crazy in a five pound bag
- Sophie’s Lady Macbeth lines
- Parker changing clothes in the elevator
- Age of the Geek baby
- Top view of the crew huddle
- Leverage International
- Monologue at the end
The ending was a little too Film School 101 with the exact dialogue but at least it’s not the same person saying it (remember Lost and Jack’s eye? lol). It’s awkward seeing Parker deliver the lines. I’m used to her being crazy and she looks so tiny in that big chair. XD But it’s so adorable seeing Eliot and Hardison behind her. Blocking-wise, that’s the best arrangement.
Also, the roller coaster of emotions. I will channel Troy Barnes and say MY EMOTIONS! MY EMOTIONS! I mean, I don’t think anyone actually believed that more than half the crew died in the back of Lucille but it still had to have brought out strong feelings of horror, sorrrow and disbelief. Add to that Tim Hutton’s stellar acting. When he yelled ‘Why would I lie!’ I cried with him. I really did. Then two seconds later he sat calmly in his chair and explained their heist. O______o
The way they ‘died’ was also ironic in a way - Parker got injured in her favorite rappelling area and Eliot was killed by the very weapons he swore never to use (again). If Hardison also died in a cyberworldly fashion, that would have been the trifecta. And then they held hands and argh. Look at my heart and its little bitty pieces.
Sophie was also at her best here. She even impressed the audience with her Lady Macbeth performance. 180-degree turn from the pilot! XD She also fielded the calls coming in and out of Highpoint, playing difference characters. She can be a voice actor - she transitioned from one voice to another in two beats. *u* When she accepted Nate’s proposal though, no acting needed. We’ve all been waiting for that moment and we got it. What we did not get was Sophie’s real name! It’s not Lara dammit! How will we ever find out now? DX
We also did not get to settle Eliot’s daddy issues. :[
Anyway, the con itself was a mindfuck, especially for the Interpol lady. Sterling is used to Nate’s mind games (hiya Sterling! Welcome back from playing Crowley! XD) but he still fell for most of it. I am not quite clear on what he let happen and what he tried to stop from happening but there you go. He’s a good guy deep inside. He believes in justice. :) Nate said he needed it to be Sterling to get through the biometrics of the server room, but I strongly believe that Nate also trusted him enough for their getaway. For all their differences, those two are still friends - albeit in a strange way.
So there it is. Leverage has come to a close after entertaining us for five years. Their cons spanned from outrageous to simple. Most of the times it worked out, sometimes it blew up in their faces but they always manage to turn every snag to their advantage. Next time any one is planning a heist, make sure you’ve got a Hacker, Grifter, Hitter, Thief, and of course, a Mastermind. And the con will play itself out. :D